Complete G.I. Joe Series From Shout Factory
September 29, 2009

Next on the list of “complete series DVD sets that Shout Factory puts out to please fan collectors” — earlier this summer, they did Transformers — is the boys’ favorite, G.I. Joe.

The G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Complete Series Limited Edition Collector’s Set comes in a footlocker (of course). The 95 episodes are found on 17 DVDs, along with lots of bonus material. Here’s the description:

GI Joe DVD set

Loaded with over 36 hours of content, this 17-disc collector’s set of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero contains all 95 episodes including the final episodes that have never been available on DVD until now, brand-new bonus features celebrating G.I. JOE’s rich history, a special collectible book, an exclusive 1-GB “Dog Tag” Flash Drive (USB 2.0) with G.I. JOE silent comics, and special Arashikage and Cobra rub-on tattoos…. Plus, there is a special DVD place holder inside [the footlocker] case for the G.I. JOE original animated movie when it becomes available next year!

That’s thinking ahead, and it’s the kind of detail that dedicated fans appreciate. You can order the set now from the website for $145, or it will be in stores on November 10 at a suggested list price of $180. Maybe that allows for the store to give a discount of 20%, which brings the price to … $144! Imagine that coincidence!

GIJoe Footlocker

The bonus features on DVD include:

  • Looking Back with writer Ron Friedman, Parts One, Two, and Three
  • “Knowing Is Half the Battle” PSAs
  • G.I. JOE’s original 1963 Toy Fair presentation
  • Archival Hasbro toy commercials
  • Printable “Jungle Trap” script
  • Every Day Heroes: The History of G.I. JOE (includes brand-new interviews)
  • Men & Women of Action: Creating the G.I. JOE Animated Series (with creative team members and voice talent)
  • Voices of A Real American Hero (roundtable discussion with eight voice cast members, including those who played Duke, Spirit, Destro, Serpentor, and Scarlett)
  • Greenshirts: The G.I. JOE Fandom
  • Declassified: A Conversation With Larry Hama
  • Fan Material – Live-action fan film Battle for the Serpent Stone
5 Responses  
Thad writes:  

The only downside is that anyone who bought the Rhino discs is bound to feel royally screwed. (I’ve got a complete Rhino Transformers set.)

I’m hoping Shout gets the rights to Thundercats. Maybe then we can get the full version of Exodus that was on the VHS release, episodes arranged in an order that makes some kind of sense, and an acknowledgement of the number of seasons the show actually ran (it was 4, but virtually every Internet source, as well as the Warner DVD sets, says it was 2).

Oh, and DVD’s that don’t look and sound like off-the-air VHS recordings would be nice too.

Johanna writes:  

Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. I didn’t realize that there was an earlier release. That’s always frustrating.

James Schee writes:  

One thing I learned, first from comics now just about everything else. Is that there is always going to be a better version of something popular coming down the pipe eventually. You just have to find a version you’re okay with.

The Rhino GI Joe collection was never finished AFAIK, I think in part because they lost the rights.

I’ve gotten the first season set of the Transformers one, and really thought it was well done. I’ve seen the G.I. Joe ones, but was never a huge fan of the show as I was of the comic (due in part to Snake-eyes not having a huge role)so haven’t gotten it yet.

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